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Me and my junk 1969 911E

Hi!

I'm a member of this forum since i bought my 911E on Ebay becuase i decided to invest some money into a classic car. It was my biggest mistake of my life but my greatest love at the same time.

So i decided to tell you the story of the restoration with many photos (because my english is not so good )

So I've purchased my car in 2010 on Ebay. I saw some pictures of the car and thought it's not in a too bad shape (now i know it was far from the truth). The seller said the car sat for 20 years in the backyard. I never saw the car. I just sent the money to the seller and he shipped the car from Texas to Hungary.

Here are the photos from Ebay.








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Old 02-28-2015, 04:21 PM
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As a rookie i thought it's quite good base for a concours restoration ))))

And after a month the car arrived to Hungary...
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I almost cried! The car was far beyond repair. No parts were salvagable for the first sight. Absolutely nothing... Fenders, doors, hood, floor, etc. Everything was rusted or - for example the floor - missing.










You never would think that this car could be a fully restored car! But i decided to make it perfect. Maybe it's my destiny or something...
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I can tell you, the car is stunning now. The body and the engine is perfect. Now i'm restoring the suspension parts, brakes, the wheels and many little things and in spring/summer i will finish this project i hope. I will upload pictures daily of the bodywork and the engine rebuild so you can follow this restoration.
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First i started to strip the car to see how far it is gone. Far.







Bondo and rust. Bondo and rust everywhere. The only good news is that it looked like the car never had a big accident so there weren't any structural deformations. But there were many poor previous repairs hidden under the bondo.

And i realized the car was not black originally, but slate grey. No problem i thought. It will look exactly like Steve McQueens car!


That's all for today. Tomorrow i will start uploading pictures of the bodywork process...
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Hi Hun911,

I've got a '69 & a '74 that are quite rusty, but not as bad looking as what you started with... Looks like quite a project to bring that one back! I'm looking forward to seeing the progress photos!

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I can imagine your disappointment. Good for you for taking it on though. I look forward to seeing the process.

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I contacted a bodyshop who said they are familiar with classic cars, so can't be a problem to restore a Porsche 911, witch is "just a beetle"... No it isn't.

There were only one thing i knew. I don't want to compromise in final quality. I want to have a show car with absolutely no bondo on the body. So i started to write a list (a long, long list) of things i will need to repair the body.

I need all the four fenders, 2 doors, hood, floor and i think all the aftermarket body parts that are available on the market, so i think i almost purchased all the parts from Restoration Design.

Oh, and almost forgot. Just to make sure, i've purchased a complete chassis for parts.
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These parts came from Belgium. From a nice 1972 911S.



I've got parts almost every week...



Oh, and the extra chassis:

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First i thought we will cut the rear fenders from this chassis and weld them onto my car. But there were some dents on these fenders also, so i decided o buy two brand new. Another item on my list..

The rear parcel self was ruty too, so had to buy a new one.

But the floor on the spare car was an original one piece Porsche part, and was in a real good shape we were able to use it.

So after all the parts were in hand we started the measure-cut-weld, measure-cut-weld process. And it took "only" 12 months!
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Thanks for posting hun911. Your first inspection of the car must have been a difficult moment that you will remember all your life..., now you know that one should never buy a car without first doing a complete inspection.
I recommend that you have the body work restored by a shop with long experience with 911 Porsches, I started restoring mine in a good generalist shop, but after some body work had been done I took it to a Porsche expert shop and I am happy I did.
You mention a lot of rusted sections but not the rocker panels. The rocker panels have an outer and a inner section, I bet that these need to be replaced and the heater mufflers that go inside are provable loose and need to be repaired.
I look forward for seeing pictures of your progress.
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Jose_JGC, the body is now fully restored with attention to every detail. I will post the pictures of the whole process.

Of course we replaced both rocker panels with the inner side.

Just a teaser:
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So i chose a body shop, becuase they said it won't be a problem to repair the car. That time i didn't know that repairing and restoring is not the same and not every body shop can do it...

They started to work and because they are local shop i made a visit almost every day. After about 2 weeks i noticed, that some repairs shouldn't look like how they did it. So i contacted a guy who is familiar with classic car (especially Porsche 356 and 911) restoration. He inspected the car and said i should immediately stop these guys "repairing" my car, becuase they will make irreversible damages on the car!

I did it. I took the car from this shop and because i had to wait 7 months for this specialist to start the proper restauration, i had many time to read about restoration, and about the specialities of a one year only model.

But let's make the story short. After 7 months the serious work started.
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First the guy made a roll cage for the car. With measuring points, so he was able to bolt the car onto it. On this picture there are some repairs already done, but you can see there are many problems still.

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Hi, your experience taking the car from a generalist body shop to a Porsche specialized shop is a similar situation as mine. I wish I had not wasted time and money in the first shop.
I like the color. Is it Glasurit single stage line 22? Is it the original color? Does it match the color code in the color code tag (KUNSTHARZLACK)?

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Hi Hun911,

What is the status of your restoration project, are you still working on it?

The bodywork looks amazing considering what you started with, was it done in Hungary as well?

Cheers,
Lukas
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